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Gold Award Girl Scouts: Issues of the world, meet your match.

Become a Gold Award Girl Scout

Change the world, change your life, and earn the most prestigious award in Girl Scouting. 

Gold Award Girl Scouts are rock stars, role models, and real-life heroes. How do they do it? By using everything they’ve learned as a Girl Scout to help fix a problem in their community or make a lasting change in their world. And you don’t have to be a seasoned activist or star student to get there. Girl Scouts who want to get involved and go for the Gold Award get a team of trusted adults and leaders in their community to guide them through challenges and lead them to success, step-by-step. There’s no other program like it.

Plus? Nothing beats that feeling of seeing real, lasting, and sustainable change and knowing it was you who made it happen. It changes the way you see your place in the world—and how the world sees you. Having the Girl Scout Gold Award on your high school transcript or resume can make you stand out when it comes to college admissions, scholarship applications, internships, and job interviews.

You can become a Gold Award Girl Scout Gold if you:

are in ninth, tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade 


are a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador


have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed one Senior or AmbassadorJourney

How to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award:
  • Attend a Gold Award training.
  • Find an issue in your community or the world that you care about.
  • Learn everything you can about that issue through research and trusted sources.
  • Form a team by identifying experts and people in your community who could help you.
  • Think about the root cause of an issue, then make a plan of how you could tackle it.
  • Submit your project proposal for approval.
  • Lead your team and carry out your plan.
  • Reflect on the change you’ve created in your community and the world, share your story, and inspire others to make a difference, too.



Please use the resources below to get started.


  • In order to have a successful project and experience in earning this award, attendance at Gold Award training is required. Look for Gold and Silver 101 training dates on the events calendar. An online version of Gold Award training is available above. Completion of knowledge checker will confirm participation in training.
  • The Gold Award Committee meets the 1st Sunday of each month to review Gold Award Applications. Please submit Gold Award Proposal/Final Report at least four days prior to that meeting. Gold Award candidates should receive feedback by the end of the month in which the proposal was turned in.

It is the girl’s responsibility to make sure her paperwork was received by the Highest Awards Coordinator. If you have not received an answer from the Gold Award Committee by the end of the month, contact the coordinator via email or (800) 632-6894 ext. 6762. You must receive approval before starting your project.

Diamonds Gold Award Mentor Committee

The council Gold Award Committee is looking for a few new members who wish to help Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts succeed in earning their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

The committee meets monthly (via phone) and reviews project proposals and final reports. They ensure that projects meet GSUSA guidelines, review the size, scope, and cost of each project, make recommendations for project development, guarantee that the project is appropriate to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award and ensure a consistent Gold Award process for girl members in our council.

Members of the committee also serve as mentors to girls who are working on projects by guiding and supporting their endeavors. Committee members are encouraged to participate in the annual Gold, Silver and Graduating Senior ceremony and serve as award trainers.

This Council-level volunteer position is open to any registered adult member willing to be a positive role model for girls in order to build our leaders of tomorrow.  Committee members should possess:

  • A desire to improve the quality of Gold Award projects and build a strong network of support
  • Experience  earning this award or helping girls through the process preferred, but not required. 
  • Reliable access to internet
  • The ability to make fair and impartial decisions
  • Consistent time to dedicate to the process (approximately 3-5 hours per week)

Community Service Project v. Sustainable Take Action Project

Service Project

Take Action Project (Sustainable)

Volunteering at a park to pick up litter.

Ridding an area of non-native vegetation and reseeding the area with native vegetation as well as educating community about importance of native vegetation via workshops.

Collecting books and building a Little Free Library

Establishing a reading program for at risk youth at the homeless shelter.

Building a Little Free Library in an area of low literacy where there is no library access and creating media campaign for community about how to use and donate.

Planting a butterfly garden.

Working with city parks department to start a community garden that the city will maintain and teaching gardening skills to younger girls during workshops.

Decorating and displaying a poster with healthy eating tips.

Host workshops for elementary students to learn cooking skills and send them home with a recipe book developed as part of project.

Building a picnic table for your park.

Creating a Leave No Trace interpretive guide for education trail near elementary school.

If you are interested in serving on the committee, or if you would like more information, please email